Sunrisers v Warriors, IPL 2013, Hyderabad April 5, 2013

Yuvraj's familiar failing

Plays of the day from the match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Pune Warriors

The old problem

Yuvraj Singh has often struggled against good spin bowling. This was no Test match and there were no close-in fielders, but he was done in by Amit Mishra off the third ball of spin he faced on his IPL comeback. The legspinner tossed it up on leg stump; Yuvraj walked down the pitch, completely misreading the line. The ball pitched in front of his pads, and spun down the leg side to leave Yuvraj stranded and stumped.

The decisive deflection

Thisara Perera performed his allrounder's role with bat and ball, top scoring with 30 and taking the first two Warriors wickets. As the asking-rate climbed and Warriors lost batsmen regularly, he was to make a final, important impact. With 33 needed off the last three overs, Angelo Mathews hammered a Perera full toss straight down the pitch. Perera managed to stick his right hand out, the ball deflected off his fingers and crashed into the non-striker's stumps, catching the explosive Mitchell Marsh out of his ground. Even as Perera nursed his hurting fingers, Marsh departed with a wry smile.

 The start

Perera's big-hitting skills cost Sunrisers Hyderabad $675,000 in the 2013 auction. They were on display right from the first ball he faced for his new franchise. Rahul Sharma offered slight width, and Perera was quick to scythe it wide of sweeper cover for four. Rahul corrected his line next ball, bowling it on the stumps. Perera altered his hitting zone too, powering it straight down the ground past a helpless long-on.

The levelling speed gun

Speed guns in the IPL have been known to turn medium-pacers into runaway quicks, but this one was different. When Yuvraj Singh bowled a slow, loopy delivery in the 11th over, it was clocked as high as 95 kph. When Marlon Samuels sent down one of his rockets in the 17th over, it barely registered 95 kph.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Sundarraman on April 6, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    More than Yuvi.... Ross Taylor is the one to be blamed... his inconsistency with the bat is causing trouble to any team he plays...

  • ankur on April 6, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    Yuvraj is one of the two players with sehwag who could have conquered all 3 formats with the kind of talent they had.

    Sadly, what's lacking is temperament and will to work hard and fully utilize their talent like their idol SRT.

  • Saket on April 6, 2013, 7:45 GMT

    IF pune wants to perform well they have to kick off Manish panday as early as possible... 15 runs in 29 balls ... he is useless player. finch or wright should replace him and taylor or marsh should be side lined.

  • Soumya on April 6, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    pune must play Luke Wright n place of Marsh and Samuelse...............n t.Suman in pale of Pandey My team: 11.uthappa,Suman,Wright,yuvi,taylor,Mathews,nayar/Rassol,Bhuvi,R.sharma,A.Mendis,A.Dinda

  • Dummy4 on April 6, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    Pune should open the batting with Finch to stay alive in the competition...:-)

  • Aditya on April 6, 2013, 5:34 GMT

    @ Vnott - A strong team needs a strong captain.

  • Harwinder Singh on April 6, 2013, 4:26 GMT

    this is just the start of the tournament,i am sure we'll see yuvi as a match winner in the coming matches

  • Dummy4 on April 6, 2013, 1:09 GMT

    Perera will be Man of the Tournament. Such a pity he will not play in Chennai.!

  • venkataramana rao on April 5, 2013, 23:17 GMT

    Pune inspite of the failure has a terrific team and should be a strong contender this time. Yuvraj and Samuels have to get their act together. I would say this game is only a aberration